This good practice guide was developed before the COVID-19 pandemic and we acknowledge that the challenges and opportunities that adapted ways of working will bring for involving and supporting partners and other family members. Separate NHS England and Improvement coronavirus guidance relating to mental health services is available.

We highly value having worked with Mark Williams throughout this process, benefiting from his extensive experience in fathers’ mental health and knowledge of third sector organisations nationally.

We acknowledge funding from NHS England and Improvement and oversight in developing this guide, provided by Ellen McGale, Becki Hemming, Jo Black, Giles Berrisford and Amelia Mosley.

We recognise all those who have contributed to the practice examples and those who completed the survey.

We acknowledge too Jasmine Siew, Niamh Doody and Emily Perry who provided support with the rapid reviews of evidence that informed the development of this guide.

The Expert Reference Group and parents we consulted with included the following people:

  • Adrienne Burgess
  • Agnes Hann
  • Andrew Mayers
  • Anja Wittkowski
  • Ashley Curry
  • Beverly Waterhouse
  • Billie Lever Taylor
  • Cerith Waters
  • Camilla Rosan
  • Catherine Green
  • Debbie Garrod
  • Gill Strachan
  • Henry Fay
  • Janice Rigby
  • Jessica Clasby-Monk
  • Jo Maitland
  • Julian Bose
  • Kieran Anders
  • Kirsten Asmussen
  • Liz Wigley
  • Louise Nunn
  • Melita Walker
  • Michelle Tolfrey
  • Rachael Parker
  • Rachel Mycroft
  • Rosey Adams
  • Rosie Lowman
  • Sally Hogg
  • Sarah Healy
  • Sharin Baldwin
  • Steven Brown
  • Tessa Baradon

We are grateful to the large number of staff, services, organisations and individuals we spoke to when learning about involving partners and other family members in perinatal mental health services across England. Whilst many of these have featured as practice examples within the guide, all of this correspondence informed the development and overall content of the guide.

The following services and organisations were consulted:

  • Acacia Family Support
  • Action on Postpartum Psychosis
  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families Birth Trauma Association
  • Bluebell Care Trust & Dads in Mind
  • Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust – Specialist Mother & Baby Mental Health Service
  • Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust – Community Perinatal Mental Health Services & Coombe Wood MBU
  • Dad Matters, Devon Partnership NHS Trust – Community Perinatal Mental Health Services & Jasmine Lodge MBU
  • Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust – Community Perinatal Mental Health Services
  • Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust – Perinatal Community Service & Ribblemere MBU
  • Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Leeds Community Perinatal Mental Health Service & Yorkshire & Humber MBU
  • Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust – Infant Mental Health Service
  • Mothers for Mothers, NHS Leeds CCG
  • North Staffordshire Wellbeing Service
  • PND & Me
  • South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – Community Perinatal Mental Health Services & Channi Kumar MBU
  • South West London and St George’s (SWLSTG) Mental Health Trust Perinatal Mental Health Team
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust – Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team & Winchester MBU
  • Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust – Early Attachment Service
  • The Dads Net
  • Wessex Clinical Network & Dorset CCG